ADS-B Rebates Still Available from the FAA
June 1, 2017
On January 1, 2020, the Federal Regulations 14 CFR§ 91.225 and 14 CFR § 91.227 go into effect, requiring any aircraft that flies in controlled airspace to have operating Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment on board.
What is ADS-B?
Basically, ADS-B is a precise, satellite-based system that uses GPS (via ADS-B Out) to quickly determine an aircrafts' airspeed and location (and additional data), then transmits that information to the ground station network, which, in turn relays that information to air traffic control displays as well as to nearby aircraft that are equipped with ADS-B In capability.
ADS-B is expandable and flexible and lays the foundation for many new advances coming as part of the FAA's Next Gen program.
What benefits does ADS-B provide? There are a number of primary benefits it brings to the table. The first one is that it reduces taxpayer costs involving air traffic infrastructure.
It also supports common separation standards, horizontal and vertical, for all classes of airspace, allowing reduced separation.
It provides air-air surveillance capabilities and it provides surveillance in remote areas, as well as areas that do not have radar coverage.
Arguably one of the best benefits for General Aviation (GA) pilots will be the capability of ADS-B to provide real-time traffic and aeronautical information in the cockpit.
One unique aspect of the U.S. ADS-B system is that it is a dual broadcast system, sending data on both 1090 MHz and 978 MHz. This makes it possible to install a greater variety of system configurations of the ADS-B equipment.
Of course this means that the ground stations also must rebroadcast on those two frequencies. This will allow aircraft equipped with ADS-B In traffic receivers to show all traffic on their unit display.
By the way, aircraft equipped with 1090(ES) transponders are authorized to fly at any altitude, however, the 978 UAT transponders are not permitted to fly above 18,000 ft.
The difference between ADS-B In and ADS-B Out
The FAA's ADS-B web page says:
"ADS-B Out refers to an aircraft broadcasting its position and other information."
ADS-B In refers to an aircraft receiving the broadcasts and messages from the ground network such as the Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B) and the Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B). ADS-B In is not mandated by the ADS-B Out rule. If an operator chooses to voluntarily equip an aircraft with ADS-B In avionics, a compatible display is also necessary to see the information. Refer to AC 20-165B for information on ADS-B OUT and AC 20-172B on ADS-B IN installation and certification."
Again this paragraph is taken directly from the FAA's ADS-B FAQ web page. "ADS-B In pilot cockpit advisory services consist of Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) and Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B).
These are free services transmitted automatically to aircraft equipped to receive ADS-B In. FIS-B provides a broad range of textual/graphical weather products and other flight information to the general aviation community. FIS-B is only available on the 978MHz Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) equipment. FIS-B includes the following:
• Aviation Routine Weather Reports
• Non-Routine Aviation Weather Reports (SPECIs)
• Terminal Area Forecasts (TAFs) and
• NEXRAD (regional and CONUS)
• Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Distant
and Flight Data Center
• Airmen's Meteorological Conditions
• Significant Meteorological Conditions
(SIGMET) and Convective SIGMET
• Status of Special Use Airspace (SUA)
• Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs)
• Winds and Temperatures Aloft
• Pilot Reports (PIREPS)
TIS-B is an advisory-only service available to both 1090ES and UAT equipment users. TIS-B increases pilots' situational awareness by providing traffic information on all transponder-based aircraft within the vicinity of the ADS-B In equipped aircraft receiving the data."
The Good News:
As an added incentive for aircraft owners to get their plane equipped sooner rather than later with ADS-B equipment, the FAA is still offering a $500 rebate. In a news release date June 1, 2016, the FAA says, Aircraft owners of U.S.-registered, fixed wing single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements could be eligible for the rebate.
The FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for aircraft already equipped, new aircraft, or aircraft for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade.
The FAA will be able to distribute 20,000 rebates - one rebate per aircraft owner. The rebates are available on a first come, first-served basis until September 18, 2017, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first."
As of April 17, 2017, there were still 14,792 rebates available according to the FAA website. But that number may be changing daily. Check with the FAA for rebate availability.
Where to Fly: To receive the rebate, eligible Aircraft must be flown in rule airspace, which is the airspace defined in 14 CFR §91.225 for at least 30 minutes, with at least 10 aggregate minutes of maneuvering flight (Part 23 flight maneuvers as described in AC 20-165B sections 220.127.116.11-18.104.22.168).
Exception: In Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, flight of an Eligible Aircraft above 10,000 feet MSL and within FAA ADS-B coverage will qualify as meeting the airspace requirements for the Rebate program.
Program rules: http:/www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/media/Program_Rules_612016.pdf
or: http:/www.faa.gov/nextgen/programs/adsb/faq/ for general information about ADS-B.
Additionally, you can find information at: http:/www.faa.gov/nextgen/update/